Monday, August 31, 2009

The Fox in the Hen House

The state just gave the fox the key to the hen house.

This will allow Phillis and the Coalition to dig deep into your wallet. Of course, Wade-O and the Olentangy Teachers Association will be sneaking their hands in too. -- Jim

To: Superintendents, Principals, Treasurers and other interested persons
From: William L. Phillis
Re: E & A Coalition in school finance reform for the long haul

Date: September 1, 2009

The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding is totally committed to the effort to fully implement the evidence-based model of school funding. It is acknowledged that some of the components of the plan should be altered during the implementation process. Also, many issues regarding waivers and the implementation schedule must be addressed thoughtfully by the entire education community. The 28 member Ohio School Funding Advisory Council will play a significant role in aligning the factors with the actual student and district needs, and with funding levels.

Unfortunately, the current state of the economy has thwarted a rapid phase-in of the evidence-based factors. The phase-in period will be long and tedious and will require patience and due diligence on the part of the education community.

Ohio is finally on the road toward a constitutional system of education and school funding. The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding is working diligently with state officials to cause Ohio to fulfill the 158 year old constitutional provision to secure a thorough and efficient system of common public schools.

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